Rethinking Downtown Loading Zones
Loading zones in Downtown Chapel Hill have been identified by the Town, Town partners, businesses and visitors as causing safety, traffic and equity concerns.
The Town of Chapel Hill, which oversees the use of the curb on most streets around town, including NC Department of Transportation streets such as Franklin and Columbia, has launched an effort to reassess loading zones to determine how best to manage them. This initiative began in early 2019 with a project completed by a UNC-Chapel Hill public policy research team that explored the topic. The Town is now convening a staff team and community partners to further explore the issue.
Success will look like one or more recommendations for how to address concerns and safety issues with loading zones. The team consists of Police and Planning departments and Downtown Partnership staff with subject matter experts in other departments consulted as needed.
This work is expected to last through spring 2020, and the team aims to make recommendations to Town Council in mid-2020.